By Brett Minnick
The Sixers came into the second round of the NBA playoffs firing on all cylinders and with a favorable matchup against the depleted. Boston Celtics. However, in a shocking turn of events the Celtics have dominated the Sixers home and on the road and taken a 3 to 0 lead on the series. The Celtics defense has quieted the Sixers shooters and Ben Simmons has disappeared causing the Sixers main hope to rest in the hands of superstar Joel Embiid. But Embiid has his hands full with the harassment of solid defenders Al Horford and Marcus Smart of the Celtics. Brad Stevens, head coach of the Celtics, has looked like a genius and many are now claiming he should be the Coach of the Year while Brett Brown, head coach of the Sixers, has looked confused and made too many errors to win the tight games.
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By Colten Hagadus
The Villanova Wildcats Basketball Program came into the season with high expectations as well as a great mix between youth and veteran leadership. College juniors, Mikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson led the way for the Wildcats, as they rode them to another Big East Championship, and a 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Bridges solidified himself as a lottery pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. Brunson was named Naismith Player of the Year while shooting 52% from the field and averaging 19 points per game. He figures to be drafted somewhere in the second round of the upcoming NBA Draft due to his size limitations. One youngster that shined this year for the Wildcats was Omari Spellman. The 6’8 freshman was a beast inside, but could also step out and hit a three if needed. He averaged 10.9 ppg and 8.0 rebounds. The road to the Championship started with an 81-67 win vs Radford in the round of 64. Next came an 81-58 trounce vs highly touted Alabama, who boasted players such as Colin Sexton, a lock to be a top 10 pick in the draft. In the Sweet 16, Villanova would face its toughest matchup yet in West Virginia. The defensive minded Mountaineers seemed to match up well with the ‘Cats on paper, but were no match in the real game.
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By Colten Hagadus
Back in 2013, the Philadelphia 76ers hired a man by the name of Sam Hinkie. Lets just say that Sam had a plan, a plan to be great, but it was going to take some time. This plan was called The Process. The Process started when the team traded all star point guard Jrue Holiday for a first round pick, which ended up turning into Nerlens Noel. Hinkie is an analytics guy and believed that the more picks he accumulated, the better chance he had at finding star players. Continue reading “The Process is Starting to Pay Off”
By Colten Hagadus
The 2017-2018 Philadelphia 76ers were projected to be an average team and barely sneak into the playoffs as an 8 seed. With a lineup featuring the once in a lifetime Ben Simmons at point guard, sharpshooter JJ Redick at shooting guard, 3 and D specialist Robert Covington at small forward, scrapper Dario Saric at Power Forward, and all star Joel Embiid at center, the Sixers were more than capable of exceeding these expectations. Continue reading “Basketball is Relevant Once Again in the City of Brotherly Love”
by Colten Hagadus
58 years it has been since Philadelphia has seen its football team on top. That changed last weekend when the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl 52. It has been truly a cinderella season for the Eagles as most analysts did not pick them to finish above 4th in the NFC East. The team silenced the critics by starting the season on a 12-1 run and ended up finishing the season 13-3. The adversity surrounding the team was sky high as they were plagued by monstrous injuries that seemingly should have ended their season. When a team’s starting quarterback, left tackle, and middle linebacker go down, you are left with backups at the sport’s most important positions. This did not seem to phase the Eagles as they used the “next man up” mentality and made sure they did their job on every play.
Projected to lose every game they played in the playoffs, the Eagles dug deep and grinded out wins against the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings. They embraced being the underdogs in ways that really connected the players with its fan base. Fans got tattoos as “underdog” t-shirts, masks, and hats promoted by players Lane Johnson and Chris Long. The slogan “Dilly Dilly” which first appeared in a Bud Light commercial really caught on in the Philadelphia market. “Dilly Dilly” changed to “Philly Philly” as even Bud Light embraced it as they promised free beer to Philadelphia if they won the Super Bowl. Turns out they had to follow through with their promise because the Eagles sacked Tom Brady with 2:16 left in the game to go on and win the Super Bowl. Nick Foles won MVP and Nelson Agholor came away with 9 catches. However, no one made a bigger play in the game than Brandon Graham. The whole game was an offensive shootout with neither team’s defense being able to make a stand. Graham then changed the complexion of the game by shocking the world by making the biggest strip sack of his life.
The storybook season finally came to an end after the closing speeches on a sunny but brisk Thursday in downtown Philadelphia. The parade was a great success as Eagles center Jason Kelce gave arguably the greatest speech in sports history. Philadelphia really came together this week as people from all generations were able to celebrate this special victory.
By Colten Hagadus
This year marks the 52nd Super Bowl in NFL history. It is must see TV, as it brings almost 111 million Americans together for the television event. It is also the one football game per year that produces the most unique commercials and an always-dazzling 30 minute half time show. This year the game is being played by the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. It is certainly a tale of two different teams, as the Patriots have already won five Super Bowls, while the Eagles have made two Super Bowl appearances, but haven’t walked away with a win in either case.
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By Colten Hagadus
In the first game of the season, Jack Reichenbach achieved a milestone that not many other high school basketball players can say that they achieved. Reichenbach becomes the first player at Salisbury to score 1000 points since Lindsay Bauer did a few years ago. In an interview with Todd Kress, Reichenbach stated, “I knew I needed 13, and I just wanted to get in the flow of the offense.” His total 1009 points included his freshman year at Notre Dame where he scored 279. “It’s something that no one in my family has done, which is really cool,” said Reichenbach. He becomes the first male at Salisbury to achieve the accomplishment since Geoff Hoffman in 2001. Also, he is the first player ever to score 1000 under head coach Jason Weaver. Continue reading “Reichenbach Joins 1000th Point Club”